PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Three professors from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies participated in the International Summit of Women “Partnership for Change: Empowering Women” Oct. 4-6 in Pristina, Kosovo.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright opened the summit attended by more than 200 women leaders from Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa, and beyond. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted the participants through video teleconference.
Marshall Center Dr. Petra Weyland, Dr. Valbona Zeneli and Professor Tom Wingfield moderated three of the six panels of the conference, titled “Security and Justice,” “Anticorruption,” and “Security Sector Reform.”
USAID and National Democratic Institute organized the event. The president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, served as the host for the event. Jahjaga is also a graduate of the Marshall Center.
"(The summit) was a very successful event and unprecedented in Southeast Europe," said Zeneli. "The common assessment of the professors participating at the conference is that it was a very important event, which gave to the Marshall Center a very high visibility with the moderators of the three security-related panels."
Zeneli said throughout the conference, the international community gave "very strong" support by to Kosovo, particularly to the Jahjaga. "In all the speeches the President was congratulated for leadership in the region and leadership in gender issues."
Tracey Ann Jacobson, US ambassador to Kosovo; Ulrike Lunacek, member of European Parliament; Jane Harman, director of Woodrow Wilson Center; and Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, spoke at the event. Deputy prime ministers and ministers from the neighboring countries also spoke.
Zeneli said several Marshall Center alumni participated on panels. • The conference closed with the delivery of a finally agreed document called “Pristina Principles.”